In language, a word is the smallest element that may be uttered in isolation with semantic or pragmatic content (with literal or practical meaning). This contrasts with a morpheme, which is the smallest unit of meaning but will not necessarily stand on its own. A word may consist of a single morpheme (for example: oh!, rock, red, quick, run, expect), or several (rocks, redness, quickly, running, unexpected), whereas a morpheme may not be able to stand on its own as a word (in the words just mentioned, these are -s, -ness, -ly, -ing, un-, -ed). A complex word will typically include a root and one or more affixes (rock-s, red-ness, quick-ly, run-ning, un-expect-ed), or more than one root in a compound (black-board, rat-race). Words can be put together to build larger elements of language, such as phrases (a red rock), clauses (I threw a rock), and sentences (He threw a rock too but he missed).
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... The word derives from the Greek word κάλαμος, meaning reed ... In modern Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Kurdish, the word simply means "pen" or "pencil", while in Hindi and Urdu, the word solely means "pen" ...
... The compound word ekename, literally meaning "additional name", was attested as early as 1303 ... This word was derived from the Old English phrase eaca "an increase", related to eacian "to increase" ... the pronunciation and meaning of the word have remained relatively stable ever since ...
... BTR Bit test and reset BTS Bit test and set CDQ Convert double-word to quad-word Sign-extends EAX into EDX, forming the quad-word EDXEAX ... CMPSD Compare string double-word Compares ES with DS CWDE Convert word to double-word Unlike CWD, CWDE sign-extends AX to EAX instead of AX to DXAX INSD Input from port to string double-word IRETx ... Load far pointer LSS Load stack segment LODSD Load string double-word can be prefixed with REP LOOPW, LOOPccW Loop, conditional loop Same as LOOP, LOOPcc for ...
... A source word can be transliterated by first identifying all the applicable prefix and suffix segments based on the letters in the source word ... include some unmapped letters of the source word, namely those letters between the end of the prefix and the beginning of the suffix ... applies to a particular combination of characters in the source word ...
... The word came to be extended to refer to any means used to ease or speed travel hence such meanings as "vehicle", "carriage", "vessel", "wagon", "ship", and so on, depending on context ... is often used as a preferred translation as the word that provides the least in the way of presuppositions about the mode of travel ... In spiritual uses, the word yāna acquires many metaphorical meanings, discussed below ...
More definitions of "word":
- (noun): An exchange of views on some topic.
Example: "We had a word or two about it"
Synonyms: discussion, give-and-take
- (noun): A verbal command for action.
Example: "When I give the word, charge!"
- (noun): The divine word of God; the second person in the Trinity (incarnate in Jesus).
Synonyms: Son, Logos
- (noun): A brief statement.
Example: "He didn't say a word about it"
- (noun): A secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group.
Synonyms: password, watchword, parole, countersign
- (noun): A word is a string of bits stored in computer memory.
Example: "Large computers use words up to 64 bits long"
- (noun): A unit of language that native speakers can identify.
Example: "Words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
Famous quotes containing the word word:
“... nothing is more human than substituting the quantity of words and actions for their character. But using imprecise words is very similar to using lots of words, for the more imprecise a word is, the greater the area it covers.”
—Robert Musil (18801942)
“The symmetrical piles of white bodies,
the round white breast-shapes of the heaps,
the smell of the smoke, the dogs the wires the
rope the hunger. It had happened to others.
There was a word for us. I was: a Jew.”
—Sharon Olds (b. 1942)
“I am very sorry to know and hear how unreverently that most precious jewel, the Word of God, is disputed, rhymed, sung and jangled in every ale-house and tavern, contrary to the true meaning and doctrine of the same.”
—Henry VIII (14911547)